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Refuge Center to encourage ‘post-traumatic growth’ at annual speaker event

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Live Intentionally 2021

Live Intentionally will take place on Friday, Sept. 24, this year from 9 a.m. to noon. The featured speakers are, pictured from left to right, Trillion Small, Eboni Webb, Ken Corr, Caitlin Coile and Rob Fitzpatrick.

The Refuge Center for Counseling is holding its annual Live Intentionally event this month, a free speaker series focused this year on “post-traumatic growth after a year of loss.”

This in-person and virtual event will feature five speakers who will touch on how to grow through the collective and individual hardships we have faced over the past year, a process the Refuge Center calls “post-traumatic growth.”

“‘Post Traumatic Growth’ is what can happen when we experience a traumatic event (of which we have all lived through multiple of this year) that challenges our core beliefs,” said Amy Alexander, the co-founder and executive director of the Refuge Center. “We endure psychological struggle, and then ultimately find a sense of personal growth.”

The result of this process, Alexander shared, is an appreciation for life, deeper relationships with others, being open to new possibilities, increased inner personal strength and spiritual change.

“This will not happen accidentally,” Alexander said. “We must set an intention to grow through our pain, surround [ourselves] with support and wisdom, and do the deep inner work.”

Living intentionally in this way might include therapy, prayer, journaling, engaging meaningfully in community groups, creative endeavors and more.

Speaking on these themes will be Dr. Trillion Small, Dr. Eboni Webb, Ken Corr, Caitlin Coile and Rob Fitzpatrick.

Small is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a doctorate in clinical counseling who currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has written six books, founded a publishing company, spoken on “Overcoming the Fear of Love” for TEDx and runs a private practice.

Webb has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a leader in dialectical behavior therapy. She launched and runs The Village of Kairos, which offers various specializations of dialectical behavior therapy, in Middle Tennessee.

Corr is the congregational care minister at Brentwood Baptist Church with a background in therapy for those suffering from mental and substance abuse. He has a master’s of divinity and formerly served as a board member for the Refuge Center.

Coile is the director of child and teen programs at the Refuge Center with a master's in clinical mental health counseling. She is trained in several therapy techniques, such as EMDR, play therapy and brainspotting and is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Tennessee Counseling Association.

Finally, attendees will hear from Fitzpatrick, who was recently the director of child and teen programs at the Refuge Center and currently serves as the behavioral services coordinator for the Williamson County Juvenile Court. He holds a master’s in mental health counseling and is certified in a number of therapy methods and techniques, such as EMDR and Othmer method neurofeedback.

The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at Brentwood Baptist Church. In-person attendees will receive a light breakfast. Tickets for the free event can be reserved at www.RefugeCenter.org/liveintentionally2021.

The Refuge Center for Counseling is a nonprofit organization based in Franklin that provides mental health and emotional wellness services to the community on a sliding-scale fee structure. The nonprofit has continued to see an increased need for services, particularly during the pandemic, and is currently in the midst of a capital campaign to build a new campus on Long Lane that will increase its service capacity by about 30%.

To learn more about how to receive services or to support the organization, visit www.RefugeCenter.org.

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